Stienstra slideshow is fundraiser for Sisson Meadow

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Tom Stienstra

National Outdoors Writer of the Year Tom Stienstra will headline a slideshow, “Sierra Crossing,” at the Sisson Museum March 20 to raise funds to repair damage done by vandals at the Sisson Meadow last month.

Stienstra will host a free slide show to raise funds through donations and a raffle, he said. The Thursday night event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

“The north state is a special community where most people look out for each other and have each other’s backs,” Stienstra said. “When you hurt one person, you hurt everybody. We need to come together, fight back and show we know how to do the right thing.”

Entrance to the show is free. Donations are voluntary.

Vandals damaged a bridge over the creek at Sisson Meadow Feb. 13, destroyed an arbor leading to Alder Street, ripped heavy stepping stones from the hillside and threw them into the water, and ruined two benches which were crafted and donated by Strawberry Valley 4-H Club. Some of the glass panels in a kiosk were kicked in and a few shingles were torn from the top of the structure.

Repairs, even with volunteers, will cost about $5,000, said Sam Baxter, president of the Siskiyou Land Trust, which maintains the meadow area.

“A lot of people put their hearts into the work to make Sisson Meadow a special place,” Baxter said. “For a lot of us, that’s why seeing the damage felt like getting stabbed in the heart.”

Stienstra will share stories, photos and details of his adventure crossing the Sierra Nevada from east to west as the pioneers would have seen it. In fall of 2013, in a ceremony in New York, Stienstra became the first three-time winner of the President’s Award as national Outdoor Writer of the year, newspaper division.

Following the show, a rafting/flyfishing trip on the Upper Sacramento, courtesy of outfitter and fishing guide Jack Trout, will be raffled, along with some of Stienstra’s books and other prizes donated by local businesses.